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Joe Pavelski Named 2014-15 'Sharks Player of the Year'

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

Joe Pavelski is @SharksCare #SJSharks Player of the Year for the second straight season. http://t.co/KNcPo61JCP pic.twitter.com/oKYQtBR3tY

— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) April 7, 2015

SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced that forward Joe Pavelski has been selected as the Sharks Foundation "Sharks Player of the Year" for 2014-15 in a vote by the Bay Area media. The award is given to the player contributing most to the success of the Sharks in the 2014-15 regular season.

The award will be presented prior to tonight's game against the Dallas Stars at SAP Center at San Jose.

It is the second time Pavelski has been named "Sharks Player of the Year." Pavelski was also named "Sharks Player of the Year" in 2013-14, making this the fourth time in franchise history a player has won the award in back-to-back seasons (Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Mike Vernon).

During the 2014-15 season, Pavelski has posted 69 points (37 goals, 32 assists) and a +12 rating in 79 games played. Along with ranking 1st on the Sharks in goals (37) and points (69), Pavelski currently ranks 2nd in the NHL in power-play goals (19), T-4th in the NHL in goals (37), T-15th in the league in points (69), 11th in faceoff percentage (55.6%), and 4th in blocked shots amongst forwards (83).

In addition, Pavelski reached a variety of individual and franchise milestones this season. He reached the 30-goal, 30-assist mark for the third season of his career, becoming only the second player in franchise history to have three or more "30/30" seasons (Patrick Marleau, seven). On Dec. 22 vs. Anaheim, Pavelski scored his 207th career goal with the team, passing Owen Nolan to become the 2nd highest goal-scorer in franchise history. Pavelski also notched his fourth career hat-trick on Feb. 13 at Arizona, moving into a tie for 2nd place (with Patrick Marleau) for most hat-tricks in a Sharks uniform (four).

Pavelski was also named the Sharks Foundation "Sharks Player of the Month" during the month of December. During the month he posted the most goals of any NHL player (nine) and led all San Jose scorers with 12 points (nine goals, three assists).

The five-foot-eleven, 190-pound native of Plover, Wisconsin was originally selected by San Jose in the seventh round (205th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft.

PREVIOUS SHARKS FOUNDATION "SHARKS PLAYER OF THE YEAR" AWARD WINNERS:

YEAR PLAYER(S)
2014-15 Joe Pavelski
2013-14 Joe Pavelski
2012-13 Antti Niemi
2011-12 Logan Couture
2010-11 Antti Niemi
2009-10 Patrick Marleau
2008-09 Patrick Marleau
2007-08 Evgeni Nabokov
2006-07 Joe Thornton
2005-06 Joe Thornton
2003-04 Patrick Marleau
2002-03 Teemu Selanne
2001-02 Mike Ricci
2000-01 Evgeni Nabokov
1999-00 Owen Nolan
1998-99 Steve Shields & Mike Vernon
1997-98 Mike Vernon
1996-97 Jeff Friesen
1995-96 Jamie Baker
1994-95 Ulf Dahlen
1993-94 Arturs Irbe
1992-93 Kelly Kisio
1991-92 Jeff Hackett
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